President Joe Biden’s CNN town hall

Throughout his CNN town hall, he voiced again and again his conviction that Republicans will come along, even though some are poisoned by conspiracies and others, he said, are “lying” on his record.
He was confronted with open skepticism by some of his questioners, particularly on the matter of voting rights. But he plodded ahead, elevating his belief in bipartisanship as nothing less than a quest to prove Democracy can work.
It was a reflection of the place Biden finds himself six months into his presidency. It’s too early for him to give up on his pledge to unite the country. Yet the window for getting something done with Republicans is closing.
Here are five takeaways from the town hall:

‘This is not a pandemic’

The first six months of Biden’s presidency has been overwhelmingly focused on combating the Covid-19 pandemic. Until about a month ago, the President and his team were feeling understandably good about their progress as cases plummeted alongside a successful vaccination campaign.
Biden predicts restaurants and businesses will be ‘in a bind’ for some time due to labor shortages
But the vaccination effort has stalled. And case counts, fueled by the highly transmissible Delta variant, are rising. Biden was visibly frustrated at his predicament on Wednesday, which he suggested was fueled by in conservative circles.
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